Abrus precatorius L.

 
  • Family : FABACEAE
    (PEA OR BEAN FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Leguminosae
  • Subfamily : Faboideae
  • Species : Abrus precatorius
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Abrus precatorius L.
  • Common name : Indian Liquorice, Jeguirity
  • Vernacular name : Gunci, Rati, Rakti, Gaunchi, Ghungchi, Chirmiti (Hin.); Gurugunji, Gulganji (Kan.); Kundumani (Tam.); Guri vinda, Guriginja (Tel.); Kaicho, Kainch, Runjo, Lalgunj (Ori.); Gunja (San.)
  • Habit : Climbing Shrub
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the Year
  • Comments : On plains from coast in scrub jungles to 750 m and common in forest edges and wastelands in bushes. The white seeds are used in Ganjam district of Orissa by tribal women for birth control. (Saxena & Brahmam, 1994)
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Bellary district, Kolar district (Karnataka State); Kolli Hills (Namakkal district), Shevaroy Hills (Salem district), Pachamalai Hills (Tiruchirapalli district), Dharmapuri district, Kanchipuram district, Yelagiri Hills (Vellore district, former North Arcot), Javadhu Hills (Tiruvannamalai district, former North Arcot) (Tamil Nadu State); Nallamalai Hills (Kurnool district), Srikakulam district, West Godavari district (Andhra Pradesh State); Ganjam district (Odisha State)
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Tropical Africa
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2001 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 2; J.L.Ellis, 1987- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 1; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1 ; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District ; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. http://easternghats.ces.iisc.ernet.in/plants.php?name=Abrus precatorius. Downloaded on 15 July 2020.

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